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Archives for September, 2008

Melamine and cyanuric acid revisited

This morning’s post from Molecule of the Day reminds me to ask “cyanuric acid question.” With the recent adulterations with melamine of Chinese milk and milk products (like White Rabbit chocolates) and foods with other milk-derived ingredients, we wonder if we will ultimately hear that a compound from fertilizer, cyanuric acid, is part of the…

But if Tina Fey were the VP pick. . .

My apologies, dear readers, for having little time to write proper natural products content. I just got home and was watching Olbermann with the Family Pharmboy where clips from Tina Fey’s faux Katie Couric interview were mashed up with Sarah Palin’s actual one. (See Orac for the SNL clips). Pharmboy: I wish Tina Fey were…

I received this tip earlier in the week from a former PharmD student and Pharmboy lab alum who now lives in the SF Bay area. In saving it for The Friday Fermentable, I am now just another of the literally hundreds of media outlets covering the story. If you haven’t heard, there is a Chilean…

Any of you working in academic programs that offer forensic sciences training are well aware that CSI has been a boon this multidisciplinary area of biology, chemistry, engineering and materials sciences. However, we don’t yet have any television programs glorifying a career in pharmacology or biotechnology. I’ve just spent a few hours on YouTube, BSCS,…

As you may have heard elsewhere, the third annual major (and free) US science blogging conference, ScienceOnline’09, began accepting registrations last Monday. The meeting will be held 16-18 January 2009 in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. As of 10 am EDT today, there are already 78 registrants on the way to a cap of 225-ish.…

I had to laugh, through my tears of course, that the Bush administration’s bill requesting $700 billion for the Treasury Department to purchase failing mortgage assets is not even three pages long. Where did the idea come from for such a concise funding request??? Those of us with NIH research funding received e-mails last week…

Here’s an update on E. coli-gate in Tularosa, NM: Okay, so it’s more than fluid – it’s about a pint of sludge left in front of each house where the garbage truck stopped. But this is ridiculous: [Tularosa resident Ken] Riedlinger took samples from the sludge puddle to the Diagnostic and Technology Center in Alamogordo…

Dr Ernest Ludwig Eliel (1921 – 2008)

Dr Ernest Eliel, a past-president of the American Chemical Society, passed away in Chapel Hill, NC, on Thursday evening. Dr Eliel was 86. His obituary notes: Born December 28, 1921, in Cologne, Germany, Dr. Eliel was the son of the late Oskar and Luise Tietz Eliel. He moved to the United States in 1946, and…

Dear PharmMom, Your daughter-in-law found this one on your local TV news station: TULAROSA, N. M. (KRQE-KBIM) – Fluid leaking onto city streets from a contract garbage truck has tested positive for the E. coli bacteria, according to the town’s mayor. Alamo Disposal has been picking up the trash for many in Tularosa for the…

Tom Levenson at The Inverse Square blog recently lost his uncle and godfather, Daniel D Levenson. I’ve been lucky enough to meet Tom once and yet he still answers my e-mails. Beyond his current position as a prof in the MIT Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies, Tom is a prolific author and award-winning producer…